Philosophy

We offer a strong curriculum in all areas, established and imparted through a biblical perspective.  All knowledge presented within subjects is intentionally designed and structured to create a curriculum framework that systematically builds upon previous learning experiences. – Isaiah 28:10

Students will grow in wisdom, knowledge and understanding (Proverbs 24:3-4), equipping them to fulfil their God-given calling.

Our Curriculum House

Our Curriculum House represents the framework through which our teaching programmes are built upon.  The structure of the house is made up of the ‘foundations’, ‘pillars’, ‘walls’ and ‘roof’.  Each part of the house represents the key components of our curriculum philosophy.   Our framework ensures that each curriculum area is undergirded with biblical truth and supports the vision and values of the school.

The key scripture for this curriculum framework is:

“Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches” – Proverbs 24:3–4

Four Key Components of our Curriculum House:

The Foundation: Strengthening Wisdom – all that is taught is based upon the spoken and written Word of God.

The Pillars: Strengthening Understanding – these are applied throughout the various curriculum areas to ensure these aspects of our philosophy are embedded in what is taught.

The Walls: Strengthening Knowledge – teaching a core range of subjects and developing essential skills.

The Roof: Strengthening Application – in all their learning, students are lead to a place of application.

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Foundation of Wisdom

The Spoken and Written Word of God

Everything our students learn should come from a revelation of God’s written Word. Students are inspired by what they learn because it is alive, refreshing and speaks to their inmost being not just their mind. God has spoken and He continues to speak to us through revelation.

Walls of Knowledge

Curriculum Areas

Knowledge includes a set of core subjects and essential skills and these are filtered through biblical truth which undergirds all aspects of a students’ development.

Core Subjects

  • Kingdom Building: Doctrine, Worldviews and Life Application.
  • The Arts: Drama, Dance, Music, Art and Design.
  • Social Sciences: History and Geography.
  • Physical Education: Physical Health and Well-being.
  • English / Languages: Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening and Viewing.
  • Mathematics: Number and Algebra, Geometry and Measurement, Statistics.
  • Science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy.
  • Technology: Design, Innovation, Creative Problem Solving.

For a full description of each of these subjects go to subjects.

Pillars of Understanding

Our pillars are essential to the impartation of our curriculum; each one represents a facet of the heart, passion and vision of our church and school.  These are applied throughout the various curriculum areas to ensure that our philosophy and values are embedded in what is taught.

“Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn out her seven pillars” – Proverbs 9:1.

Pillar One: Building a Biblical Worldview

Students are taught biblical doctrine which they then use to develop a Biblical Worldview*. This worldview is a framework on which to hang their knowledge and experience, enabling application to all areas of life. Students are introduced to various secular worldviews and are taught to recognise, understand and refute the roots and philosophies behind these.

* Worldview is described as basic beliefs, assumptions, values, and priorities.

Pillar Two: Building in the Spirit

As the students learn about the Holy Spirit, they are encouraged to know Him personally and become Spirit-led Christians. They are taught to be confident in their spirit, bringing their soul and mind in line with their spirit as the strongest influence on their lives.  They are taught to live truly Christian lives, having the character, fruit and supernatural results of living in connection with their Creator; the way it was always meant to be.

Pillar Three: Building a Place in History

Students gain a good understanding of history; learning about the world’s major events as well as reflecting on what was happening in the church at that time. They acknowledge who has gone before them and the sacrifices that have been made. Students will understand how events and beliefs have affected the world today.  They recognise their place in history and the part that they can play to impact the future.

Pillar Four: Building an Understanding of God

As God’s nature and character is revealed throughout the curriculum, students grow in their love of God and experience Him as a real and living part of their lives.

Pillar Five: Building Servant Leaders and Change Agents

Students discover and apply keys to becoming self-governing Christians, taking responsibility for their lives. They discover the power of influence, learning to lead others in both formal and informal situations, and to stand up for what they believe.

Pillar Six: Building the Heart of the Church

The school upholds the same absolutes and values as City Impact Church and this is seen through everything that it does.  The school develops effective young men and women who are growing in wisdom, stature, and favour with God and man. – Luke 2:52

Pillar Seven: Building Confidence and Character

Students learn who they are in Christ, building a strong identity and purpose in God.  They are challenged to build godly character into their daily lives, gaining confidence as they apply their God-given identity, purpose and influence. Students are encouraged to step out within a variety of situations, learning to interact with a range of different people.

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Essential Skills

Students are trained in the following skills in order to apply knowledge.

  • Communication

Confidently communicating ideas, opinions and feelings using a range of forms.

  • Numeracy

Calculating, estimating and analysing numerical information.

  • Social and Co-operative

Developing relationships and intra-personal skills.

  • Information and Technology

Locating, processing, evaluating and interpreting information from a variety of sources and technologies.

  • Self-Governing

Learning to govern themselves through managing and accepting responsibility.

  • Physical

Valuing physical stewardship, personal fitness, health and well-being.

  • Work and Study

Working effectively and efficiently, both independently and with others; developing a sound work ethic.

  • Leadership

Developing into servant leaders with the necessary skills to motivate, inspire and direct others.

  • Critical Thinking Skills

Exercising innovation and creativity; demonstrating discernment, analysis and insight.

Roof of Application

In all their learning, students are led to a place of application. (James 1:22) encourages us to, “Be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” The students are taught the importance of applying their learning to their lives.

The three areas of application are:

  • What do I know? (Beliefs)
  • What kind of person am I going to be? (Character)
  • What do I need to do? (Behaviour)

These three areas stand together.

“Doctrine received, believed and practiced determines our beliefs [what we know], which affects our character [who we will be] which determines our destiny [what we do].” (The Foundations of Christian Doctrine by Kevin J Conner).

Description of Special Character

Our school is an extension of City Impact Church and therefore shares the same heart, absolutes and values. Throughout the school, there is a sense of family, excellence, the Spirit of God, servant-hood and leadership. There are five main components to our special character.
Our school is:

1. Pentecostal

2. Creative

3. Discipleship focused

4. Innovative

5. Leadership orientated

For further details on each of these components, and to view our Statement of Belief, click on prospectus.

The Word of God is foundational

We believe that all truth comes from God. He is our absolute source of truth.  This is seen in our value for the Word of God as the foundation of all that we teach.

Knowledge is not taught separately from God

We believe that this world, and all that is in it, is God’s creation and a reflection of who He is.  Therefore, all that we teach should give glory to the one who created it.  (Colossians 1:16-17, Romans 1:20, Acts 17:24-28.) Knowledge is valued and systematically taught – precept upon precept, line upon line – Isaiah 28:10.

Colossians 1:16-17 All things were created through Him and for Him.17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.

Romans 1:20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.

Acts 17:24-28 God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. 25 Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. 26 And He has made from one blood every nation of men … 27 so that they should seek the Lord… though He is not far from each one of us; 28 for in Him we live and move and have our being…

Isaiah 28:10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little.

We value truth and believe that the Word of God is the basis for integrating all of life.

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